Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County looking for women builders for annual WOMEN’s Build


Staff report

Ladies, ever want to help build a home? Get ready to pick up power tools and put on a hard hat during the Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach County’s WOMEN Build 2020.

This year, the annual women build will deliver two homes for two working moms and their families just in time for Mother’s Day.

The build will take place on May 7-9.

“Because Habitat for Humanity recognizes that women are uniquely positioned to nurture families and build communities, the South Palm Beach County annual build event is purposely timed during the three days leading up to Mother’s Day,” said HFHSPBC President & CEO Randy Nobles.

The event is part of the Habitat for Humanity National “Women Build” — founded in 1991 —  that  enlists and encourages women across the country, with or without any construction skills, to fundraise and build homes for families in their local communities.

Returning as mother/daughter WOMEN Build Co-Chairs are Beverly Raphael Altman and Robyn Raphael-Dynan, who are women builders every day as the CEO and Vice President of Operations of RCC Associates.

Supported by a committee of community-driven women leaders, Altman and Raphael-Dynan are recruiting 250 builders.

In the months leading up to the on-site build days, each registered WOMEN Builder commits to “give or get” a minimum of $1,000 each through their personal fundraising efforts or making the donation to help underwrite construction materials for the two homes they will build. Once an individual meets or surpasses her personal $1,000 fund commitment, she will be eligible to pick from five on-site build sessions.

“There is no other fundraiser like this…gala gowns are replaced with jeans, WOMEN Build T-shirts and pink hard hats and the participants get to see, meet and be a part of what they are fundraising for,” said Co-Chair Raphael-Dynan. “Being able to see and feel the impact of your investment goes well beyond the physical construction to authentic humanitarianism.”

Because no construction experience is required, WOMEN Builders span business, civic, community and philanthropic sectors. The volunteer builders work under the guidance of construction professionals.

“Those who have stepped out of their comfort zone at previous WOMEN Builds to help change the lives of others, have shared that the rare build experience changed their lives forever as well,” said Co-Chair Beverly Raphael Altman. “Robyn and I are honored and propelled to ‘up the game’ this year as WOMEN Build Co-Chairs as we welcome the return of our Women Builders for their third or fourth consecutive year and recruit new women to grow our WOMEN Build sisterhood and fundraising dollars.”

This year’s WOMEN Builders get to celebrate their commitments together during a private mix-and-mingle launch reception on March 19 at 6 p.m. at Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club.

To learn more about the HFHSPBC 2020 WOMEN Build sponsorships, register as a builder or team captain, contact HFHSPBC Manager, Donor Engagement & Special Projects Marta Knowles at mknowles@habitatsouthpalmbeach.org or 561.819.6070, Ext. 208 or visit www.habitatsouthpalmbeach.org.